Sept. 9, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Alex Brink threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Washington State routed Idaho 56-10 on Saturday, spoiling Vandals coach Dennis Erickson's return to the Palouse.
Idaho (0-2) of the Western Athletic Conference was slowed by turnovers, penalties and sloppy play to ruin Erickson's return to the Martin Stadium sidelines, where he was Cougars coach in 1987-88. He returned last spring to Idaho -- where he started his coaching career from 1982-1985 -- after a year's hiatus from football.
Brink, who had only 67 yards passing in last week's 40-14 loss at No. 4 Auburn, completed 12 of 15 for 231 yards and three TD passes against overmatched Idaho. He ran for another score before yielding to backup Gary Rogers in the third quarter.
Washington State rolled up 637 yards of total offense and held the Vandals out of the end zone for most of the game.
For the second consecutive week, Rogers, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, directed a long scoring drive after replacing Brink for a series in the second quarter.
Chris Jordan caught two touchdown passes from Brink and another from Rogers. Dwight Tardy, starting in place of injured rusher DeMaundray Woolridge, rushed for a 1-yard TD, while reserve running backs Chris Ivory and Kevin McCall scored on runs of 80- and 53-yards, respectively.
The Cougars ran for 344 yards. Idaho has just 83.
Michael Bumpus grabbed a 12-yard TD pass from Brink to start the Cougars scoring.
Jordan grabbed TD passes of 22 and 21 yards from Brink, then took a 10-yard scoring pass from Rogers as Washington State (1-1) of the Pac-10 took a 28-3 lead at halftime.
The Cougars defense made things rough for Vandals starting quarterback Steven Wichman and running back Jayson Bird.
Wichman finished 11-for-31 for 170 yards and an interception. Bird, who helped carry Idaho's offense in a 27-17 loss last week at Michigan State, was held to 34 yards on 34 carries. He scored the Vandals' only touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Tino Amancio hit a 21-yard field goal to cap a 76-yard Vandals' drive, pulling within 14-3 to open the second quarter.
The Vandals missed a scoring opportunity late in the second quarter. After driving from its own 22 to the WSU 2, Bird was tackled for a 3-yard loss by Scott Davis and the ball went over to the Cougars on downs..